John Winsor


Chamber Symphony

InstrumentationFlute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Piano, Strings.
Length19 minutes, 15 seconds.
DifficultyModerate.
CommentsFour movements. Melodies are non-diatonic and harmony is non-tertian. Texture overall is polyphonic. The general character otherwise resembles the neoclassical style.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
Extrassee sources
HistoryWorld premiere performance was on the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra chamber music series 09/19/1999, and broadcast on West German Radio (WDR) on 11/02/1999. U.S. premiere was at the Harid Conservatory at Lynn University on 04/28/2000.
ContributorJohn Winsor. Composer (ASCAP) and Clarinetist (Hardwick Chamber Ensemble).
OtherWritten 1995.

Intrada

InstrumentationW: 2-2-2-2; B: 4-2-2-0; Timpani, Xylophone, Snare Drum, Piano, Harp, Strings.
Length6 minutes, 30 seconds.
DifficultyModerate.
CommentsMelodies are non-diatonic and harmony is non-tertian. Texture overall is quite polyphonic. The general character otherwise resembles the neoclassical style.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
ExtrasSee sources.
HistoryNever performed.
ContributorJohn Winsor. Composer (ASCAP) and Clarinetist (Hardwick Chamber Ensemble).
OtherWritten 1998.

Concert Overture

InstrumentationW: 2-2-2-2, B: 2-2-1-0, Timpani, Strings.
Length5 minutes.
DifficultyFairly Easy.
CommentsMelodic and harmonic constructs are based largely on fourths. "Fanfarish." Suitable for a festive occasion or the opening of a concert.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
ExtrasSee sources.
HistoryNever performed.
ContributorJohn Winsor. Composer (ASCAP) and Clarinetist (Hardwick Chamber Ensemble).
OtherWritten 1993, revised 1996.

Romance

InstrumentationString Quintet (2 vln, vla, vc, cb) or String Orchestra.
Length7'15"
DifficultyModerate.
CommentsThis is fairly slow, tonal and expressive.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
ExtrasSee sources.
HistoryNever performed (as of 5/22/2000).
ContributorJohn Winsor, Composer (ASCAP) and Clarinetist (Hardwick Chamber Ensemble).
OtherWritten 1993, revised 1996.

Essay I

InstrumentationW: 2-2-2-2; B: 2-2-1-0; Timp, Perc, Piano, Strings.
Length6'00"
DifficultyModerate.
CommentsThis is a concert overture and would be suitable for opening or closing a concert.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
ExtrasRecorded on ERM Media Masterworks of the New Era CD series, Volume 2 (Philharmonia Bulgarica; Robert Ian Winstin, cond). Also see sources.
HistoryRecording on ERM.
ContributorJohn Winsor, Composer (ASCAP) and Clarinetist (Hardwick Chamber Ensemble).
OtherWritten 2000, revised 2002

Essay II

InstrumentationW: 2-2-2-2; B: 2-2-1-0; Timp, Piano, Strings.
Length5'20"
DifficultyMedium.
CommentsThis is a moderately slow and expressive work. It is the second of a group of three "Essays" written in 2000 and is intended to be performed either as a movement within the complete set or as a piece by itself. The style resembles that of the neoclassicists.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
ExtrasRecorded on ERM Media Masterworks of the New Era CD series, Volume 2 (Philharmonia Bulgarica; Robert Ian Winstin, cond). Also see sources.
HistoryRecorded on ERM.
ContributorJohn Winsor, Composer (ASCAP)
OtherWritten 2000, revised 2002

Essay III

InstrumentationW: 2-2-2-2; B: 2-2-1-0; Timp + 1 Perc, Piano, Strings.
Length5'30"
DifficultyMedium.
CommentsThis is a concert overture and would be suitable for opening or closing a concert. It is the third of a group of three "Essays" written in 2000 and is intended to be performed either as a movement within the complete set or as a piece by itself. The style resembles that of the neoclassicists, but harmony is based largely on fourths and sevenths rather than thirds and sixths.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
ExtrasRecorded on ERM Media Masterworks of the New Era CD series, Volume 2 (Philharmonia Bulgarica; Robert Ian Winstin, cond). Also see sources.
HistoryRecorded on ERM.
ContributorJohn Winsor, Composer (ASCAP)
OtherWritten 2000, revised 2002.

Serenade for Strings

InstrumentationString Orchestra
Length9'00"
DifficultyMedium
CommentsThe piece was written with the amateur community string orchestra in mind. It resembles neoclassical works. The three movements are roughly 2'45", 3'15", and 3'00". The two outer movements form cheery bookends for a slower and more somber middle movement.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
ExtrasAn Adobe PDF version of the score and MIDI files of the three movements are available on my web site. To review these, select "Catch of the Day" from the menu. I'll send a score and a free set of parts to any OrchestraList member who commits to at least one performance.
HistoryThe score was completed on 02/15/05 and has not yet been performed.
Contributorthe composer
Other

Reverie

InstrumentationFl+Alto Fl; Ob+Eng Hn; 2 Cl; 2 Bn; 2 Hn; Hp; Pno; Strings (c. 10-8-6-6-4).
Length6'45"
DifficultyModerate
CommentsThe piece is quiet and quasi-impressionistic, but the harmony is quartal.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
Extras
HistoryNever performed.
ContributorThe composer
Other

Reflections

Instrumentation2-1+Eh-2-2, 4-2-2-0, Timp + 1, Strings.
Length6'
DifficultyMedium
CommentsThe title is a double entendre. The piece reflective in that it is a quiet and fairly somber work and in that much of the material involves lines set against themselves in inversion.
SourcesScore (PDF) and audio (MP3) are available on the composer's website at http://www.john-winsor.com. Contact information:

John Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
John@John-Winsor.com
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
Extras
HistoryNever performed.
ContributorThe composer
Other

Pavane

Instrumentationwoodwind quintet, harp, and small string orchestra
Length4'54"
Difficultymoderate
CommentsAlthough the harmony is quartal, it resembles the music of Ravel.
SourcesAudio (MP3):
http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/52160486

Audio (MP3) and Score (MP3):
http://www.john-winsor.com "Catalog" page
Extras
HistoryWritten 2011
ContributorJohn Winsor
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 424-4277
JohnWinsor@cox.net
http://www.john-winsor.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/3154308
Other

Caribbean Sunset

InstrumentationFl, Ob, Eng Hn, Cl, Bn, Hn, Hp, Pno, Strings
Length7 minutes, 14 seconds
DifficultyMedium
CommentsCaribbean Sunset is one of several neoimpressionistic pieces I've written recently. It employs quartal harmony similar to that of Paul Hindemith along with attractive and pleasant instrumental colors and structural transparency that resemble the music of Maurice Ravel. It's a fairly calm and atmospheric piece which is intended to evoke the experience of strolling on a tropical beach.
SourcesScore PDF and MP3 are available on the "Catalog" page here:
http://www.john-winsor.com
All performance materials are available for free.
JohnWinsor@cox.net
Extras
HistoryThe chamber version (cl, vln, vc, pno), which won the 2012 Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA) commissioned composer award, has been performed, but the orchestral version has never been performed. The VMTA performance of the chamber version can be seen on YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoRWb2h5MEc
ContributorJohn Winsor
Composer-in-Residence, Hardwick Chamber Ensemble
Other

The Faerie Queen

InstrumentationFl, Ob, Cl, Bn, Hn, Strings
Length6 minutes, 20 seconds
DifficultyMedium
CommentsThe Faerie Queen is one of several neoimpressionistic pieces I've written recently. It employs quartal harmony similar to that of Paul Hindemith, but also attractive and pleasant instrumental colors and structural transparency that resemble the music of Maurice Ravel. It's a pleasant and atmospheric piece which is intended to evoke the impression of fairies flitting about.
SourcesScore PDF and MP3 are available on the "Catalog" page here:
http://www.john-winsor.com
All performance materials are available for free.
JohnWinsor@cox.net
Extras
HistoryThis piece has never been performed.
ContributorJohn Winsor
JohnWinsor@cox.net
Composer-in-Residence, Hardwick Chamber Ensemble
Other

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